Post # 1
I’m getting married in Washington, DC next July. We live here, but almost all of our family members and many friends will be traveling, so it’s almost like a destination wedding. I’ve come up with a few hotels that are perfect for us, but their normal rates are a bit pricey– around $160/night (par for the course in this neighborhood of DC). How do we negotiate a good rate for our guests? We are expecting to need about 30-35 rooms. Does that help us negotiate a lower price than a small amount of rooms would? We love to be able to offer something less than $130/night. Any advice? Thanks!
Post # 3
Just call them and tell them you want to reserve a block of rooms. They probably wont be able to do this a year in advance. Maybe around the 4-6 month mark would be a good time to do this. Our rooms were originally about $40 more expensive than what we are able to offer to our guests so $130 or less seems reasonable to me. They might not let you book 30-35 rooms at a time. We were only able to book 20 at a time and then once we have filled those 20 we can block more. However, we are still going to be able to offer the discounted rates to all of our guests regardless of whether or not there is still a “block” in place. Hotels are very familiar with doing this so just call and tell them what you are planning to do – they will be very helpful!
Post # 4
Seriously, I just called and asked what the rate was and then said, “well, I need X amount of rooms and I this is what I am willing to pay for them.” I got what I asked for. They came down 53.00 a night on the price.
Post # 5
try priceline.com and look for room blocking. there, you put in what you are looking for and priceline sends the information to all the hotels that may/may not be available for that area and situation and they bid on you! at that point, if there is a hotel you are interested in and you want to try for a lower price, you have the option of declining the offer and when you pick the reason for the rates being too high, you can ask the hotel to send you another bid. i brought a $120 hotel down to $80 and i probably could have kept going but i didn’t want to price gouge.
sorry if that seemed confusing. anyhow, check it out for yourself!
Post # 6
Hotelplanner.com is amazing! I got a bunch of great hotels to choose from without making a lot of phone calls or haggling. We found our hotel and are thrilled with the rate. Thanks for the suggestion!
Post # 8
You could negotiate or you can use the power of competition. I think you should use teh power of competition bcause that makes hotel salespeople more maleable in terms of rate.
You can call several hotels in your area or if you just want to save time, get rates online at a website like http://grouptravel.org/group-rates-for-hotels/
Websites like this one can usually get you group rates from several hotels in the area and then you can use these rates to get your hotel to lower their rate.
Post # 9
Most hotels offer discounted rates for room blocks for events such as weddings. Just call them and see what they will offer you.